Senior Vice President, Cardiovascular Health, New York
Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making, advancing evidence-based public health policies and programs and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Our programs are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries and cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific.
Resolve to Save Lives is a global health initiative that aims to save millions of lives by reducing preventable deaths from cardiovascular disease and to prevent infectious disease epidemics. Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL) is housed within Vital Strategies. Since September 2017, Resolve to Save Lives has worked closely with low- and middle-income country governments, the World Health Organization, academic and other civil society partners to build capacity for and implement a core package of interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease.
Vital Strategies offers highly competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. Vital welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment.
Overall Role. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Senior Vice President, Cardiovascular Health will oversee implementation of the Resolve to Save Lives Cardiovascular Health Initiative with a focus on large-scale hypertension management, global elimination of trans fat, and effective interventions to reduce sodium consumption. S/he will lead a small New York City-based team and staff and consultants working in more than 10 countries. Responsibilities include strategic and thought leadership, partnership and implementation strategy development, program evaluation and learning, staff management, and representation. Resolve’s cardiovascular health programming and surveillance is being supported in India, China, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Turkey and the PAHO region in partnership with national organizations. The SVP, Cardiovascular Health is expected to travel internationally approximately 30% of the time.
Key Responsibilities. Reporting to the Resolve to Save Lives President and CEO, the Senior Vice President, Cardiovascular Health (CVH) shall have responsibilities such as but not limited to the following:
Provide strategic leadership for high-quality implementation of a global, population-level initiative to reduce cardiovascular disease
Provide support and guidance for prioritization and planning of hypertension treatment, trans fat elimination and sodium reduction activities in identified countries or regions
Supervise and mentor the Resolve to Save Lives Country Leads in India, China and Ethiopia to successfully implement the CVH initiative
Work closely with Resolve to Save Lives India, China and Ethiopia Country Leads and CVH team Directors to track and review progress and identify solutions to implementation challenges
Establish and maintain productive relationships and support planning with the CVH initiative’s global partners including WHO, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, World Bank and the Global Health Advocacy Incubator
Foster and maintain high-level partnerships with key governmental and non-governmental organizations in program countries
Lead the CVH initiative planning process, including budgeting, with input from the CVH team and in coordination with the RTSL Chief Operating Officer
Provide thought leadership and guidance to the CEO on program direction, strategy, metrics and evaluation
Collaborate with the RTSL Communications Director to ensure strategic and high-quality CVH communications / publications
Represent RTSL and the CVH initiative in national and international forums, profiling and sharing lessons from the work
Support the CEO to advocate for policy and systems change at international and national levels, when appropriate
Support the CEO to develop progress reports to donors
An MD degree (or related degree in clinical medicine) with at least 10 years of experience in public health program implementation and management
Master’s in public health or related degree is desired in addition to a clinical degree
Experience working in low- and middle-income settings, ideally within the public sector
Experience overseeing large-scale multi-stakeholder public health programs
Experience working on non-communicable disease prevention and control, and in clinical service delivery is preferred
Well-developed managerial skills, including organizing workflows, effective delegation and supervision, and supporting performance management of staff
Clear, effective and efficient communication skills, both oral and written
Demonstrated leadership skills
Exceptional organizational skills
Ability to work under pressure and deliver against tight deadlines
Well-developed interpersonal skills and commitment to fostering harmonious and effective internal teamwork and partnerships across cultures
Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity in the workplace and fostering a supportive work culture